Croix Canon (2nd wine of Canon) 2020

St Emilion, Second wine

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The 2020 Croix Canon is a ridiculously great second wine. Bright and explosive, with tremendous depth, Croix Canon is outrageously beautiful. Mildew wiped out a good bit of the Merlot, so in 2020 Croix Canon has more Cabernet Franc than usual, and that adds so much character. The 2020 is phenomenal. That's all there is to it.

Score: 94

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2026-2040 23 February 2023

The 2020 Croix-Canon was impressive out of barrel; it contains the highest-ever percentage of Cabernet Franc due to the mildew-affected Merlot. With a well-defined bouquet, it shows beautiful clarity, dark berry fruit commingling with boysenberry and just a hint of pressed iris flower. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit, silky smooth and a very fine thread of acidity with a refined, quite saline finish. This is a Deuxième Vin with pedigree.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024-2038 01 December 2022

The 2020 Croix Canon is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, aging for 18 months in French oak, 30% new. It weighs in with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.53. Deep garnet-purple colored, it drifts out of the glass with alluring scents of plum preserves, blueberry pie and mulberries, plus touches of potpourri, Chinese five spice and fallen leaves. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black and blue fruits, supported by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and spicy.

Score: 90 - 92

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2024 - 2037 20 May 2021

A fantastic second wine with a dense center palate of tight, racy tannins and dark fruit. Spicy and almost salty. It’s full, yet very compact with excellent structure and length. Very serious.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, 05 May 2021

This is an excellent second (from a separate plot) wine, bright, poised and delicious. Fruit ripeness is just at the point where it is teetering on the brink between deep, spicy and textured while still remaining fresh and juicy. Great stuff. Mildew made an impact but not drought, so ended up with 40hl/ha yields. Harvest September 4 to 23, 30% new oak. 3.53pH.

Score: 93

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2023 - 2036 01 May 2021